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What are speech therapy techniques for people with autism?

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Speech therapy techniques might include:

  • Electronic "talkers"
  • Signing or typing
  • Using picture boards with words, known as picture exchange communication systems
  • Using sounds to which a person is over- or under-sensitive to expand and compress speech sounds
  • Improving articulation of speech by massaging or exercising lips or facial muscles
  • Having individuals sing songs composed to match the rhythm, stress, and flow of sentences

SOURCES:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Principles for Speech-Language Pathologists in Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders Across the Life Span;" "Treatment Efficacy Summary;'' and "Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists in Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders Across the Life Span."

Autism Research Institute: "Music Therapy and Language for the Autistic Child."

Association for Science in Autism Treatment: "Auditory Integration Training (AIT)" and "Oral-Motor Training/Therapy."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Principles for Speech-Language Pathologists in Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders Across the Life Span;" "Treatment Efficacy Summary;'' and "Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists in Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders Across the Life Span."

Autism Research Institute: "Music Therapy and Language for the Autistic Child."

Association for Science in Autism Treatment: "Auditory Integration Training (AIT)" and "Oral-Motor Training/Therapy."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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